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"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 842, March 31, 2017: American Anti-Semitism Rises And The Israeli Right Remains Silent

Publication date : 2017-03-31

Why is nearly every Israeli elected official silent in the face of the violent anti-Semitism sweeping across the United States?

By Amir Segal

Ever since Donald Trump was elected president, the United States has witnessed a disturbing increase of anti-Semitic incidents. This is a wave the likes of which we haven’t seen for many years, accompanied by outright racism that has been bolstered by Trump’s election, his right-wing and racist supporters, and specifically by the fact that the president had, until Monday, refused to condemn racism and anti-Semitism outright. What is especially disturbing, however, is the fact that the Israeli Right continues to remain silent in the face of rising anti-Semitism in America.

American Anti-Semitism Rises And The Israeli Right Remains Silent

Ever since Donald Trump was elected president, the United States has witnessed a disturbing increase of anti-Semitic incidents. This is a wave the likes of which we haven’t seen for many years, accompanied by outright racism that has been bolstered by Trump’s election, his right-wing and racist supporters, and specifically by the fact that the president had, until Monday, refused to condemn racism and anti-Semitism outright. What is especially disturbing, however, is the fact that the Israeli Right continues to remain silent in the face of rising anti-Semitism in America.

A special responsibility

Even more disturbing is the fact that Trump seemed totally apathetic to these incidents, until he was resigned to condemn them under heavy public pressure, and there is reason to believe that he even supports some of them. And if we needed confirmation for for our suspicions of Trump’s anti-Semitism, we got it last week at another press conference, in which he berated an ultra-Orthodox journalist for asking about rising anti-Jewish incidents, and followed it up with the outlandish claim that he is “the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen.”

Trump’s responses had an effect, and in the following days came another wave of bomb threats against Jewish institutions. Then on Monday it was discovered that nearly 200 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis had been vandalized. This is not just a matter of words or threats — these are real, violent attacks.

The struggle against anti-Semitism in America should greatly disturb the Israeli government, which remains silent. Many Jews around the world view Israel as the heart of the Jewish people, and its prime minister, president, and ministers are viewed as representatives of the Jewish people, not only of Israeli citizens. When it is convenient, the government makes use of its position to raise money and public support from abroad, or as good opportunity for a chance to travel the world. These days, they should be expected to stand alongside Jews in the diaspora.

Yes, the occupation corrupts

It is amazing to see how the Israeli Right has abandoned the notion of protecting Jews around the world. Journalists, activists, and a few elected officials on the Israeli Left have decried this wave of anti-Semitism. Meanwhile the prime minister, president, ministers, and right-wing and centrist members of Knesset remain silent — a shameful silence that paints Israel as hypocritical and ungrateful toward Jews in the diaspora. And this is before we even speak about the Israeli Right’s treatment of Conservative and Reform Jews.

If you have ever wondered just how much the occupation and the settlements have corrupted Israeli society and have held the Right and the political leadership hostage, look no further than the shameful silence of just about every Israeli official vis-a-vis American anti-Semitism. Notice that the absolute majority of figures condemning them come from the Left. This is because the Israeli Right has become a single-issue movement: it is willing to sell out the State of Israel for the entire Land of Israel, not to mention worldwide Jewry in exchange for a vague, unreliable statement by an unstable American president.

Amir Segal lives in Jerusalem and is the CEO of Ovdim. This article was first published in Hebrew on Local Call. Read it here.( https://mekomit.co.il/אנטישמיות-טראמפ-והימין/)

Adapté de : https://972mag.com/american-anti-semitism-rises-and-the-israeli-right-remains-silent/125398/

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